This is a webhome for the “Shared journeys” social campaign. It is an introduction to a three-year awareness project, “Shared Journeys – Facts and Stories on Migration in the 21st Century”, which aims to support a more open, inclusive and calm approach to migration and migrants. The project is being implemented in eight European countries, and the leading partner of the project is the largest Estonian organization engaged in development cooperation, humanitarian aid and world education, MTÜ Mondo.
Migration is neither good nor bad, it is simply the reality in which we live. Our aim is to invite young people to discuss this issue, to gather knowledge and to notice the opportunities that migration brings, as well as the challenges to our society. The project focuses on raising the awareness of young people in eight European countries through a variety of activities – we involve young journalists to develop balanced and fact-based media content and multipliers, including teachers, who carry out global migration education activities. Reaching young people through social media is an integral part of the project, which helps to open up the topic of migration to young people in a more personal and direct way and to simply see another person in the migrant with whom to identify.
The first social media campaign “Shared Journeys” opens the migration stories of five young people. Active young Youtuber Evert Poom and social media marketer Kristjaana Mere share their emigration experience and reveal why they returned to Estonia. The stories of coming to live in Estonia are shared by three young Estonian-speaking people from different backgrounds – a professional footballer Zakaria Beglarišvili, Maria Angelina Lasprilla, who has lived in Estonia for 12 years and works in the technology company Pipedrive, and Narong Lasuai from Thailand, who runs a restaurant in Estonia.